Helmer lines up 'Sister Edith,' 'Gun Alley'

Helmer Nadia Tass has lined up a pair of historical features, including “The Hunt for Sister Edith,” the true story of Catholic nun Edith Stein, who died in a Nazi death camp during WWII. The Australian helmer is in Los Angeles to present a retrospective of her films hosted by the American Cinematheque on Thursday and Friday.

Haas/Silver/Levine Productions of London will fully finance the film, which Timothy Haas will produce. Project is set to begin production next spring in Budapest.

Helmer’s other historical drama, “A Loving Gentleman,” tells the true story of the decades-long affair between William Faulkner and longtime Hollywood script supervisor Meta Carpenter. Films by Jove will produce along with Benni Korzen and Josi Konski’s shingle Astro Blu. Carpenter chronicled much of her affair with the scribe in a 1976 memoir.

Tass’ will also direct “Gun Alley” for Cascade Films, which also produced Tass’ most recent big-screen credit “Matching Jack.” “Matching Jack,” which screens Friday at Santa Monica’s Aero Theater, centers around the true story of a mother who finds sources of unlikely hope to deal with her son’s leukemia, while “Alley,” the story of a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder, is set to begin production in Australia next year.

Another story based on real-life events, Harvey Keitel starrer “Fatal Honeymoon,” preems on Lifetime on Aug. 25.

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